We are a small rural school district with limited resources. We work hard to create learning opportunities for our students that meet the needs of the state along with the needs of our students.
All of my students have disabilities or increased levels of academic support.
My students are incredible kids who come to my room in the afternoon for extra support on top of their typical classes. These students don't let the increase work deter them, they continue to rise to the daily challenge that is school.
Our students cover a variety of topics throughout their school career. Eighth grade covers Earth Science and Physical Science however the State Assessment includes Environmental Science. It is a lot for my students to handle and the review is especially difficult for them. Many struggle with vocabulary and remembering content knowledge.
My students do not have many shared experiences to draw upon.
The opportunity to see caterpillars become butterflies would provide the opportunity for students to better understand metamorphism and assist in determining the characteristics of life. It's difficult for students to determine the difference between living, non-living, and dead. The butterflies would be great to help gather data on what makes something living. The spray bottle, vials, and sugar will all assist in helping our caterpillars become butterflies.
Also a book on butterflies by Seymour Simon would be a great text for a small group to read or as an independent book for my more curious students. Using this book as a group text would support Environmental Science while supporting fluency and reading comprehension.
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